Here we are rolling through Write 31 Days, and I am still trying to juggle all the balls in my life at the moment and finding I have been dropping a few. But, maybe that made it easier for you to keep up with me? Ah well, here I am with 5 favorite quick tips and a giveaway!
So to kick off our giveaway I want to share 5 tips for your journaling journey, and I want to invite you to share a few tips yourself in the comments, if you’d like.
Journal Tip 1: Date every entry
It may sound incredibly simple. But it is one of the most helpful identifying notes you can make for your journal entry, especially as time goes on. I try to do this with any of my creative works in my journal as well, so for instance collage, poetry, random ideas. It is a good way to observe your own creativity timeline and gives you insight into how you process and how that works its way into your life in real time.
Journal Tip 2: Harvest Your Journals
Re-reading your journal entries from 5, 10, 15, or 20 years ago is an invaluable exercise. I don’t do this every day, but I do it periodically. Sometimes it’s a seasonal looking back, sometimes a milestone might prompt it. But either way, I go back an look for the ways I’ve grown and am always surprised by what I find. Memories completely forgotten startled back into remembering. Often I find amazing things that I would not ever recall otherwise.
Journal Tip 3: Remove the Pressure
I don’t treat journaling as something for my To Do List, anymore than brushing my teeth. I take care of my teeth daily. As I take care of the teeth, so I refresh my soul, with the act of journaling. It is part of my BE-ing, not my Doing. This seems like a small detail, but I believe it is not. A To Do implies a pressure to get it done. But my “Being Time” is not a get it done mentality at all, it’s a freedom to just be that is invoked with journaling. I have written one sentence and realized I’ve not been up for a journal session, and stopped. There is no pressure in my journaling life. I also remain flexible in my approach. No formula, no format. My journal is for freedom writing, and it is all grace, a place of coming as I am, just To Be on the page with my thoughts, reflections and whatever will be.
Journal Tip 4: Glue stick and Scissors
Aside of a pen the only things I require are a glue stick and scissors. Journaling at times can be like scrap-booking in the sense that I like to grab scraps from daily living and include them in my journal entries. More than purchasing ephemera, I prefer found pieces. magazines, brochures, junk mail, newspapers. Anything that I see and can take for free is up for grabs.
Journal Tip 5: Pick your Place
I spent many years writing in coffee shops and cafes all over our little state as I traveled and worked in people’s homes in addition to my own office located within a gym. I most often journal in the morning. I have a designated desk and chair for most of my journaling time. But I also like to curl up on my soft chair sometimes as well. If you designate a place you are more likely to stick with a journaling routine, which will be in your best interest for personal growth and reflection.
What are your favorite journaling tips? Love to have you share in the comments!